How'd you become a human rights activists, friends? Most of my online friends are devoted to doing something to help make America more just and compassionate, and I am interested in knowing how you developed that interest. My brother was a lifelong acute mental patient after infection from mumps (a childhood disease) went to his brain. Larry Neal, 54, was among acute mental patients America de-institutionalized in the 1970s (evicted from hospitals to seed the first private prisons). Police arrested Larry so much for misdemeanor offenses due to this mental illness over the next 20+ years that they decided to kill him and be done with their enforced role as psychiatric caretakers. That was apparently fine with the U.S. Department of Justice, which helped cover-up Larry's death in 2003 in Memphis Shelby County Jail. See http://WrongfulDeathOfLarryNeal.com/ Now my family is persecuted, especially this writer, because we won't "let sleeping dogs lie." Authorities refuse to release records about the 18 days Larry was under secret arrest in Memphis Shelby County Jail while police ignored his missing person report and lied continually to his social worker and family, denying that Larry was incarcerated. The lies prevented Larry's access to vital heart meds and made him doubly vulnerable to Tasering, restraint chairs and tables, or any physical confrontation that might have occurred. My brother was considered expendable for three reasons: He was black, he was mentally ill, and he lacked wealth. Either of those circumstances cause people to be considered expendable in America, whether they are black, white or other. At first we believed Larry had fallen through the cracks, but there are 1.25 million mentally ill prisoners warehoused in the United States, and they comprise 60% of inmates in cruel solitary confinement. I embarked on a justice quest for my family and other victims of the injustice system and founded Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill ("AIMI"), an online organization with roughly 300 members who advocate to decriminalize mental illness and end capital punishment, mass incarceration, censorship, avoidable wars, and race and class consciousness in the justice system. We fight cyberstalkers to post news and views at AIMI's link, which is http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/aimi . Censorship is applied for two main reasons: Larry Neal's death is still covered-up and there is no statute of limitations on murder, and secondly, mentally ill Americans are valuable private prison commodities. If they let you, please tell us what led you to devote time and/or resources to promote human rights. By commenting at this article, you might help raise consciousness about your cause and gain support - IF they let you.
If you are not involved in promoting human rights, I urge you to start today. Consider joining AIMI. Taxpayers pay up to $120,000 per year in some states to imprison and treat each mentally ill American behind bars rather than to hospitalize sick people or give timely psychiatric care in communities, which would avoid offenses that lead to arrests, from simple vagrancy to multiple murders. That's my story, except for "The Cochran Firm Fraud," which followed Larry's death and I invite you to read about online and see videos with that name. Just Google the term.